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Japan's former emperor briefly loses consciousness

Jan 30, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Akihito 'had an MRI examination Thursday morning but doctors found no abnormalities,' says an official at the Imperial Household Agency

AKIHITO. This file photo taken on April 25, 2018 shows Japan's former emperor Akihito smiling during the spring garden party hosted by the emperor in Tokyo. File photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/Pool/AFP

Japan rings in new era as Naruhito becomes emperor

Apr 30, 2019 - 11:29 PM

Naruhito will formally take possession of the sacred imperial regalia at a solemn ceremony later Wednesday, May 1, but he became the 126th emperor at the stroke of midnight, ushering in the 'Reiwa' imperial era

NEW EMPEROR. A vehicle carrying Crown Prince Naruhito (L) and Crown Princess Masako (R) leaves the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on April 30, 2019. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

End of an era as Japan's emperor abdicates

Apr 30, 2019 - 4:19 PM

Emperor Akihito of Japan offers his 'deepest heartfelt gratitude to the people of Japan' and says he will 'pray for the peace and happiness of all the people in Japan and around the world'

NEW ERA. Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito (L), Emperor Akihito (C) and Empress Michiko (R) attend the abdication ceremony at the Matsu-no-Ma state room in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on April 30, 2019. STR / JAPAN POOL / AFP

Japan's emperor to step down in 200-year first

Apr 30, 2019 - 11:19 AM

In a set of solemn ceremonies, Emperor Akihito will abdicate in favor of 59-year-old Crown Prince Naruhito, also kicking off the new imperial "Reiwa" era that will last throughout the new monarch's reign

From Heisei to Reiwa: how Japan changed under Emperor Akihito

Apr 29, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Here are some of the ways Japan has changed dramatically during the Heisei imperial era of Akihito's rule

REIWA ERA SHIRTS. This picture taken on April 1, 2019 shows women taking their commemorative photos of the printed T-shirts with the new era name "Reiwa" distributed for free at an event in Tokyo. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Knives found at Japanese prince's school desk

Apr 27, 2019 - 2:57 PM

The incident comes as Japan is preparing for the abdication of Emperor Akihito, the first monarch to relinquish the throne of the world's oldest imperial family for two centuries

PRINCE. Japan's Prince Hisahito (C), accompanied by his parents Prince Akishino (L) and Princess Kiko (R), chats with his mother at Ochanomizu University junior high school before attending the entrance ceremony in Tokyo on April 8, 2019. Photo by Koji Sasahara/POOL/AFP

Extra abdication holidays pose dilemma for hardworking Japanese

Apr 06, 2019 - 11:17 PM

A survey by the Asahi Shimbun daily shows 45% of Japanese 'felt unhappy' about the 10-day vacation for the Emperor's abdication

Pedestrians take pictures with cherry blossoms in the Japanese capital Tokyo on March 27, 2019.  Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP

Reiwa: A new era name for Japan ahead of abdication

Apr 01, 2019 - 12:12 PM

The name consists of two characters: 'Rei', which can have meanings related to 'order' but also 'auspicious' and 'Wa', usually translated as 'peace' or 'harmony'

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announces the new era name "Reiwa" duringa press coference at the prime minister's offece in Tokyo on April 1,2019. Japan announced its new imperial era, which will begin next month when Emperor Akihito abdicates, will be known as "Reiwa", a word that includes the character for "harmony". Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP

Japan's new imperial couple face heavy burden of tradition

Apr 01, 2019 - 7:39 AM

Japan's incoming emperor Crown Prince Naruhito faces the delicate task of balancing tradition within the world's oldest monarchy and his own modern values

Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito delivers a speech at the opening session of the Board of Governors at the Asian Development Bank's annual meeting in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on May 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Kazuhiro NOGI

End of an 'era': Emperor's exit resets Japan calendar

Mar 29, 2019 - 1:14 PM

The abdication of Japan's Emperor Akihito on April 30 will quite literally mark the end of an era, the Heisei era of his rule

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 25, 2018 shows Japan's Emperor Akihito smiling during the spring garden party hosted by the emperor in Tokyo. Japan's 84-year-old Emperor Akihito cancelled his official duties on July 2, 2018 after being taken ill, the country's top government spokesman said. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Toshifumi KITAMURA

Emperor urges Japan to be 'open to the outside'

Feb 24, 2019 - 10:50 PM

Ahead of his abdication on April 30, Emperor Akihito calls on Japan to 'build relations with other countries sincerely'

Japanese Emperor Akihito (C) and Empress Michiko (R) leave the stage after a ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of the monarch's coronation to the throne at the National Theatre in Tokyo on February 24, 2019. - Current Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will abdicate on April 30, 2019 from the Chrysanthemum Throne after a three-decade reign. (Photo by Nicolas Datiche / POOL / AFP)

Japan crown prince vows close public ties as Akihito abdication looms

Feb 22, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will abdicate on April 30 from the Chrysanthemum Throne after a three-decade reign, making way for Naruhito and Masako to replace them the following day

FATHER AND SON. Japan's Emperor Akihito (R) and Crown Prince Naruhito (L) wave to the crowd during the New Year's greeting ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 2, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

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Tears as Japan emperor gives last New Year's address

Jan 02, 2019 - 3:11 PM

(UPDATED) The emperor delivers a brief New Year's greeting every year, and is expected to appear five times on Wednesday to address as many well-wishers as possible

FINAL ADDRESS. Japan's Emperor Akihito delivered his final New Year's address on January 2 before his abdication later this year, telling tens of thousands of well-wishers he was praying for peace. Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP

Japanese emperor stresses his peaceful reign ahead of abdication

Dec 23, 2018 - 6:44 PM

'It gives me deep comfort that the Heisei Era (his reign) is coming to an end, free of war in Japan,' says Emperor Akihito

JAPANESE EMPEROR. This file photo taken on April 25, 2018 shows Japan's Emperor Akihito smiling during the spring garden party hosted by the emperor in Tokyo. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/Pool/AFP

Japan's emperor resumes duties after illness

Jul 05, 2018 - 11:17 AM

A palace spokesman says the monarch on Thursday, July 5, is 'doing his official duties as usual,' declining to comment further

EMPEROR AKIHITO. This file photo taken on April 25, 2018 shows Japan's Emperor Akihito smiling during the spring garden party hosted by the emperor in Tokyo. Pool photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

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Jul 02, 2018 - 8:41 PM

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Japan emperor being treated for brain condition – palace

Jul 02, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The chief cabinet secretary says the doctor diagnosed the emperor with 'symptoms of vertigo and nausea due to cerebral anemia, which require a complete rest and follow-up checks'

Japanese Emperor Akihito waves to well-wishers as he makes a public appearance on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on December 23, 2016.   Thousands of people came out to see the emperor as he celebrates his 83rd birthday. / AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA

Japan's Princess Ayako to marry commoner – report

Jun 28, 2018 - 3:17 PM

Princess Ayako is the second Japanese princess in two years to announce marriage to a commoner. Under the law, she will lose her royal status upon marriage.

ROYAL. Princess Ayako will marry Kei Moriya in October. File photo from Wikipedia

Japan emperor to abdicate in April 2019

Dec 01, 2017 - 11:11 AM

(UPDATED) 'The government will make utmost efforts to ensure that the Japanese people can celebrate the emperor's abdication and the succession of the crown prince,' says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

ABDICATION. In this file photo, Japanese Emperor Akihito waves to well-wishers as he makes a public appearance on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on December 23, 2016. File photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

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Nov 05, 2017 - 12:18 PM

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Nov 04, 2017 - 8:44 AM

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Duterte awed by simplicity of Japan Emperor and Empress

Nov 01, 2017 - 11:15 AM

The Philippine leader says the royal couple's unassuming comportment is truly 'befitting the title of Majesty'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by Japan Emperor Akihito to the Tokyo Imperial Palace for a meeting on October 31, 2017. Also in the photo is the President's partner Honeylet. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LOOK: Duterte, Honeylet meet Emperor and Empress of Japan

Oct 31, 2017 - 9:22 PM

Their meeting with the royal couple is the Philippine president's last official activity in his two-day visit to Japan

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Japan Emperor Akihito exchange pleasantries as well as the President's partner Honeylet and the Emperor's wife Empress Michiko during their meeting at the Tokyo Imperial Palace on October 31, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Duterte to 'limit his mouth' in meeting with Japan's Emperor Akihito

Oct 29, 2017 - 10:40 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is off to Japan for an official visit

DIPLOMATIC. President Rodrigo Duterte says he will 'limit his mouth' when he meets Japanese Emperor Akihito for the first time. Malacañang photo

Japan emperor abdication set for March 2019 – report

Oct 20, 2017 - 9:41 AM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet top officials and members of the royal household next month before announcing the date, the Asahi Shimbun reports, citing unnamed government sources

ABDICATION. In this file photo, Japanese Emperor Akihito delivers his opening address for the extraordinary Diet session at the National Diet in Tokyo on August 1, 2016. File photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Japan clears way for first emperor abdication in over 200 years

Jun 09, 2017 - 9:24 AM

UPDATED The unexpected move presented a challenge since there was no law to deal with an emperor retiring from what is usually a job for life

STEPPING DOWN. This file picture taken on January 2, 2016 shows Japanese Emperor Akihito waving to well-wishers gathered for the annual New Year's greetings at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan parliament passes emperor abdication law

Jun 02, 2017 - 1:38 PM

The one off bill is widely expected to become law next week after passage through the upper house

ABDICATING? A file picture dated January 2, 2015 shows Japan's Emperor Akihito waving to well-wishers through a bullet-proof glass from a balcony during the New Year's public appearance at the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo, Japan. File photo by Franck Robichon/EPA


LIST: Japanese princesses who lost royal status

May 20, 2017 - 9:01 PM

(UPDATED) Since 2005, two Japanese princesses have married commoners and left the Imperial Family, while two are about to do so as well

ENGAGEMENT. Japanese Princess Mako leaves her home in Tokyo on May 18, 2017. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

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Japan cabinet approves bill allowing emperor's abdication

May 19, 2017 - 10:19 AM

UPDATED Parliament will now debate and give final approval to the first abdication in 200 years

SUCCESSION. In this file photo, Japan's Emperor Akihito (2nd L) and Empress Michiko (R) look out at well-wishers while Crown Prince Naruhito (L) and Crown Princess Masako (2nd R) walk behind as they make a public appearance on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on December 23, 2016. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

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One-off abdication law eyed for Japan emperor

Jan 23, 2017 - 7:21 PM

UPDATED The option is one of several presented by the group of experts charged with sorting out the thorny issue They are expected to make a final recommendation in March

Japanese Emperor Akihito (C) waves to well-wishers next to Empress Michiko (R) on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 2, 2017. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

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Japan plans to have new emperor in 2019 – media

Jan 11, 2017 - 1:28 PM

UPDATED Major national newspapers cite unnamed sources as saying Crown Prince Naruhito 56 would succeed his father Akihito on New Year s Day 2019

SUCCESSION. In this file photo, Japan's Emperor Akihito (2nd L) and Empress Michiko (R) look out at well-wishers while Crown Prince Naruhito (L) and Crown Princess Masako (2nd R) walk behind as they make a public appearance on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on December 23, 2016. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Huge crowds cheer Japan emperor on 83rd birthday

Dec 23, 2016 - 7:40 PM

Emperor Akihito delivers a birthday address at the Imperial Palace – possibly his last such appearance after he earlier hinted at abdication

Japanese Emperor Akihito waves to well-wishers as he makes a public appearance on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on December 23, 2016.   Thousands of people came out to see the emperor as he celebrates his 83rd birthday. / AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA

India, Japan eye deeper defense ties to counter China

Oct 28, 2016 - 7:13 PM

Modi will have an audience with Emperor Akihito and hold talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe during the two day visit starting on November 11 the foreign ministry says

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) wave as they attend the evening 'Aarti' ritual on the banks of the River Ganges at Varanasi on December 12, 2015. File photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

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Duterte's courtesy call on Japan Emperor cancelled

Oct 27, 2016 - 2:08 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte follows the advice of his protocol officers not to push through with the courtesy call following the death of Emperor Akihito s uncle Prince Mikasa

Japan's Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko attend a wreath laying ceremony at the monument to Philippine national hero Jose Rizal in Manila on January 27, 2016. The Japanese emperor and empress are on a five-day visit to the Philippines. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO / AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO

Duterte's Japan visit to focus on defense, investments

Oct 23, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The Philippine president will visit a ship building company and meet with top Japanese business leaders during his official visit from October 25 to 27

INVITATION TO JAPAN. President Rodrigo Duterte and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet in Vientiane, Laos during the ASEAN Summit in early September 2016. Photo from PPD

Duterte to meet with Emperor Akihito in Japan

Oct 12, 2016 - 10:10 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is also set to speak with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his trip to Japan from October 25 to 27

MEETING SOON. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet with Japanese Emperor Akihito when Duterte visits Japan later this month. File photo of Duterte Robinson Niñal/Office of the President; file photo of Emperor Akihito by Imperial Household Agency/AFP

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Kaisar Akihito isyaratkan ingin turun takhta

Aug 08, 2016 - 7:43 PM

Usia tua dan beban yang berat membuat Kaisar Jepang Akihito ingin mengundurkan diri dan menyerahkan jabatannya ke putra mahkota Pangeran Naruhito

NATIONAL ADDRESS. People walk under a big video screen on the street as a speech by Japanese Emperor Akihito to the nation is televised in Tokyo on August 8, 2016. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Japan's Emperor Akihito hints at abdication

Aug 08, 2016 - 2:22 PM

UPDATED Akihito did not directly mention anything about abdication in the 10 minute speech but the government is expected to interpret his comments as meaning his wish is to eventually step down

NATIONAL ADDRESS. People walk under a big video screen on the street as a speech by Japanese Emperor Akihito to the nation is televised in Tokyo on August 8, 2016. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Japan emperor to address nation amid abdication reports

Aug 05, 2016 - 7:50 PM

An Imperial Household Agency spokesman says Akihito s address via video will be broadcast at 3:00 pm 0600 GMT on Monday August 8

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko bid Farewell during the send off ceremony Saturday, January 30, 2016 to conclude the state visit to the Philippines. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacanang Photo Bureau

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Japan monarchy roiled over abdication reports

Jul 14, 2016 - 10:50 AM

UPDATED The Imperial Household Agency the government body that runs royal affairs offers a categorical denial

NOT STEPPING DOWN. This file picture taken on January 2, 2016 shows Japanese Emperor Akihito waving to well-wishers gathered for the annual New Year's greetings at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan Emperor planning to abdicate – media

Jul 13, 2016 - 8:39 PM

Under Japan s current Imperial Household Law which governs the status of the emperor there is no legal mechanism for abdication Any move to step down would therefore require a revision of that law

ABDICATING? A file picture dated January 2, 2015 shows Japan's Emperor Akihito waving to well-wishers through a bullet-proof glass from a balcony during the New Year's public appearance at the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo, Japan. File photo by Franck Robichon/EPA

Japan marks 5th anniversary of quake, tsunami disaster with moment of silence

Mar 11, 2016 - 1:15 PM

UPDATED I hope people will remember us that lives of evacuees are still difficult in many ways including financially Kazuko Nihei 39 says at a memorial event in a Tokyo park

AFTER 5 YEARS. Visitors offer a prayer for victims, at the former Disaster Prevention Center in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, March 10, 2016. 43 people were killed when a 15.5-meter high wave hit the town. Japan will mark the fifth anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami on March 11. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA